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Drunk jailed for driving pals to party

A REVELLER who drove four friends home from the pub was so drunk that he veered all over the road, forcing oncoming cars to swerve to avoid a crash.

Frank Nwaogu (29) then got out of his car and roared abuse at gardai, calling them "pr**ks" and telling a female officer that she was "good for nothing".

Judge Patrick Brady expressed his horror at Nwaogu's driving, saying he was lucky he didn't collide with an innocent motorist.

He sentenced him to 11 months in prison, fined him €3,000 and banned him from driving for six years.

The defendant, of Castle Heath in Malahide, admitted before Swords District Court to charges of dangerous driving, as well as drunken driving, driving without insurance and threatening and abusive behaviour.

The offences all arose out of the same incident at Glen Ellan Distributor Road in Swords on February 25 last.

Garda Karen Duffy said she was on mobile patrol shortly before 3am when a grey Alfa Romeo went past her at speed.

Garda Duffy said Nwaogu was doing at least 90kph in a 50kph zone. He was signalled to stop, but he failed to do so, and drove over a roundabout, and crossed into the oncoming lane, forcing cars to swerve to avoid a collision.

Nwaogu then hit the kerb and his car mounted a grass verge. He eventually stopped about 100 yards up the road.

Garda Duffy said Nwaogu got out of the car and verbally abused her.

He was taken to Santry Garda Station where he was breathalysed, giving a reading of 67mgs of alcohol per 100 mls of breath.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said Nwaogu was out in Swords with friends, and they all decided to go back to another friend's house for a party.

She said it had been some time since Nwaogu had a drink, and he thought he would be fine to drive.

Ms D'Arcy said Nwaogu is married with three children, and last worked as a general operative with IBM.